This has come from years of watching my gramma's elaborate pesto-making in the kitchen and distilling it down to something I can make in my own kitchen without having to search for obscure ingredients. It's also veganified, so you can add parmesan and reduce the salt if it suits your tastes. This is great on whole wheat pasta shells or penne.
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A delicious and simple tomato pasta sauce which I've been using for years and is the first one I taught my kids how to make. The fresh garlic at the end, uncooked, is what makes it really tasty. I hesitate to post it because the cream will curdle if the heat is too high. It sometimes takes a couple of times before you get the feel of how much heat it will take. It will still taste ok, but won't look really yummy. Do remember to dilute the paste with water first. Very important. All quantities are flexible. Substituting with milk or garlic powder will absolutely not work.
OK, the name's silly, but this version of pesto is really good! The recipe makes enough to generously sauce 1 lb of your favourite pasta. Developed for RSC #6. (edited to add that this recipe eventually won Ready, Set, Cook! #6. I am so proud of this creation and all the favourable reviews it has received - thanks to all who have tried it.)
A great classy vegetarian pasta..very low in fat. The basil and lemon gives it such a wonderful blend of flavours, it is absolutely to die for. And so simple to make. A great quick whip up meal on its own.
This dish is so quick and easy to throw together, and it's just bursting with great flavor. The anchovies are optional. Serve with some crusty Italian bread and a nice red wine for a delicious, no hassle meal.
This is a slight change from the original pesto. Lemon zest keeps it lively. Pistachio's keeps it a little cheaper then pine nuts. If you don't like cilantro use all basil. I myself love cilantro. Serve over hot pasta, dollop of pesto in vegetable or chicken soup, use pesto instead of your favorite spread on your sandwich, top a pizza with it and spread some on salmon or chicken then bake.
This is an extremely rich and wonderful first course, and definitely something to splurge on on a special occasion. I would probably follow with a piece of beef or pork tenderloin, simply done, and a large green salad. Fruit Salad for dessert.
This super tasty recipe came from a co-worker who's wealthy family always made sure to serve this at their fancy summer parties. It is a snap to put together, making it perfect for families who want a meal in a hurry, or the host of party who wants something spectacular that won't keep them in the kitchen instead of with their guests. Either way, you will get the same rave reviews that I have over the years.
From Ziggerman's Guide to Good Eats. I cut back on the cheese considerably because the orginal recipe listed three cups of gruyere-Holy Cow's Milk, Batman! (Once you find out the price for cave-aged cheese you'll understand why I did that.)The best quality ingredients make all the difference in the world.
The roasted red peppers in this dish really add a special "something" to the tomato sauce. Growing up, we had pasta with tomato sauce at LEAST once a week. This recipe really adds another depth of flavor to a very familiar dish
From The Moosewood Restuarant Kitchen Garden. It says it is good on grilled fish, vegetables and pilaf. This was quite lovely in a casserole with mixed grains, veggies and topped with mozzarella cheese and pine nuts. Original recipe did not include the garlic, which is why I have listed it as optional.